The Senate appointed conferees late Wednesday night to the budget conference that was formed as part of a larger deal to reopen the government and avert default.
All of the Senate Budget Committee members were named to the conference. Committee Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatty Murray'BernieCare' can save ObamaCare Senate Dems make Zika a campaign issue Rubio calls for lawmakers to return to DC, pass Zika funding MORE (D-Wash.) will co-chair the conference with her House counterpart, Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanFreedom Caucus must join Paul Ryan in support of justice reform Five takeaways from the EU's blockbuster ruling against Apple Ryan: EU's .5B tax ruling against Apple 'awful' MORE (R-Wis.). The two plan to meet for breakfast Thursday morning to kick off negotiations.
In addition to Murray, Democratic Sens. Ron WydenRon WydenFive takeaways from the EU's blockbuster ruling against Apple Why you should care about National Whistleblower AppreciatIon Day Dems push to require presidential nominees to release tax returns MORE (Ore.), Bill NelsonBill NelsonZika is a public health emergency; we need to work together to confront this head on New study. Space, security, and Congress Puerto Rico task force asks for help in charting island's economic course MORE (Fla.), Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowKaine: Being picked for VP feels like being 'kidnapped' GOP tries to link Dem candidates to Obama on Iran 'ransom' Dem senators to GOP: Dump Trump MORE (Mich.), Bernie Sander (I-Vt.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDem senator: Clinton may command 'majority of the Republican caucus' Banking association backs financial transparency bill Shift in care could reverse the opioid epidemic MORE (R.I.), Mark WarnerMark WarnerDem senator's daughter could face Congress over EpiPen price hike Judge rejects settlement in major Uber driver status case Fidelity denies lobbying for student loan tax break MORE (Va.), Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleySanders, Merkley back McConnell decision to skip TPP vote GOP senator: Anti-fossil fuel candidates ‘not fit’ for federal office Dem anxiety hangs over Clinton MORE (Ore.), Chris CoonsChris CoonsDEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion Dems ask Cruz to hold hearing on Trump's Russian hacking remarks Top Dem: ‘I don't believe for a minute’ Trump was joking about Russia MORE (Del.), Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinCommunity development can help close the opportunity divide Overnight Healthcare: Major insurer expands ObamaCare presence | Charges dropped for Planned Parenthood videomakers FDA explores changes to blood donation for gay men MORE (Wis.), Tim KaineTim KaineThe Hill’s 12:30 Report No, Tim Kaine is not the most liberal member of Congress Trump camp disavows David Duke after robocall MORE (Va.) and Angus KingAngus KingZika is a public health emergency; we need to work together to confront this head on Obama creates new national monument in Maine Reid: Dems could force Senate vote on Garland MORE (I-Maine) were appointed.
The House also named its conferees Wednesday evening.
There is a nearly $90 billion difference between the two budgets and the conferees will have only until Dec. 13 to report back to Congress.